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The 21 Things I Learned Working at a Grocery Store

You promise there's more to your life than your bagging skills.

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The 21 Things I Learned Working at a Grocery Store
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For the past two years I have worked as a bagger and a cashier at a local grocery store. In honor of my last week of working before heading off to college, here are some things you might find relatable if you have ever worked at a grocery store as well.

1. The customer is always right

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2. It's either a blizzard, hurricane, or the Sahara desert when customers want help outside

3. When you find out you're working with your squad

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4. When you look at produce, you only see numbers

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5. You promise there's more to your life than your bagging skills

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6. Preparing for snow days and holidays

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7. When you help a customer find an item and you didn't really know where it was

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8. All of your paycheck is spent on food

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9. You never knew your feet could hurt so much

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10. When you realize your break is later than you thought

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11. When your "closed" sign is up and your light is off and someone still comes to your register

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12. There are people who will ask you to double bag chips

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13. There's such thing as paper bags, double bagged, inside plastic bags

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14. When it's one minute away from closing and a customer walks in

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15. When you get yelled at for bagging things "wrong."

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16. When new people start off getting paid way more than you ever did

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17. That one employee who never knows what they are doing

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18. The break room and the bathroom are also known as hiding places

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19. Samples are a sufficient dinner

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20. When new people try to tell you what to do

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21. As many times as you said you hated it, you really wouldn't trade away the time you worked there

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